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Khana Kh'Zana is a truly GREAT Indian Restaurant in Coral Springs

Thanks for all of that John. Clearly you know your Indian food. You really talk a great game! You could probably be a food reviewer. We haven't tried Woodlands and didn't like Udipi's food or atmosphere. We prefer meat dishes. We also tried India House in Sunrise. Weren't thrilled about that either. We generally prefer North Indian food to Southern, although my husband loves dishes with coconut. We don't eat all that bread like Dosi, etc. Another of our very favorite places is India Palace in Davie. We've been going there for years, but now that we live in Pompano, it's a little distance to go.

All I can say in my defense for saying that Khana Kh'Zana is truly GREAT is how we both felt after eating there, truly enjoying our food, meeting nice people dining there who swear by it and, last but not least, dealing with the owner and his staff, who are lovely, warm people who try very hard to please. Yes, the place isn't designed for dining in at all. The atmosphere isn't great. My husband and I have dined in many "holes" in third world countries, etc. We don't grade them so much on their physical plant, except for their cleanliness, but on the good honest food they produce.

Thanks all for the lively discussion!

Khana Kh'Zana is a truly GREAT Indian Restaurant in Coral Springs

OK, so what are those restaurants in the immediate area that you'd recommend over it?

Khana Kh'Zana is a truly GREAT Indian Restaurant in Coral Springs

I've been eating Indian food since 1968 when I met many Indians while working in New York. While I'm no expert on Indian food, I know what I like and what I don't like when I eat it. I don't like "muddy" flavors in Indian food, which I describe as having too many spices that don't marry well together so that no specific flavors stand out. I also don't like Indian food that's been sitting around for days and days. What I do like about Indian food is that when it's good, it's very very good. It totally inspires me and takes me off to a distant time and place! It's my favorite cuisine, bar none.

That said, enter Khana Kh'Zana, which is located just beyond University Drive on Sample Road in Coral Springs. (10345 Sample Road, Coral Springs, Tel: 954-227-9344, www.khana-khzana.com). OMG! My husband and I dined there for the first time last night and we felt like we'd died and gone straight to culinary heaven. We tried fairly typical dishes...Chicken Tikka Masala (I know that this dish isn't actually Indian) Lamb Madras and Palak Paneer. We also ordered two garlic naan breads.

These lovely people don't overcharge for their food and are SOOOOO generous in their portions. We couldn't begin to finish any of the dishes we ordered and brought home more leftovers than we ate! The meat dishes have so many chunks of meat, we were amazed. They season their food correctly. Flavors aren't muddy, and each dish tastes very fresh with generous sprinklings of coriander leaves that also lend a nice fresh taste. The bread was fresh and delicious. We didn't even manage to finish the first order of bread!

The people here are so incredibly delightful. It is clearly their great pleasure to make you happy when you eat there. The owner's name is Arun. He's a peach! His son, whose name I didn't get and a lovely Colombian lady also work there, in addition to another woman in the kitchen. The only drawback is their use of plastic eating utensils and styrofoam plates and bowls (and aluminum take out dishes for serving). While there are only five tables, many enthusiastic diners eat in, this place is clearly great for take out. I plan to call in my orders and then drive there - it's about 10-15 minutes from our home in Pompano Beach.

After last night, this is definitely the beginning of a long and lovely culinary friendship.

I can't cook crispy bacon

Cheri has the ticket to the best crisp bacon. My husband used to slave over a cast iron pan; now he just uses the doubled paper towels in the microwave technique. It works wonderfully.

Sep 01, 2007
Pamela2 in Home Cooking

Powell's (Incredible) Sweet Shoppe

Today I discovered Powell's Sweet Shoppe in Novato, CA. I'll never be the same. It's a franchise, which is difficult to believe. The stores look like a very upscale candy boutique, but without the upscale prices. While there is one in Boulder and one is Boise, Idaho, they are mainly in San Francisco Bay Area in Novato in Marin County, Windsor, Petaluma and Healdsburg in Sonoma County. Los Gatos in South Bay has one too and others are coming to the Central Valley and Southern California. They have every kind of candy you remember from when you were a kid, and old fashioned soda flavors, every possible kind of "penny candy," and candy bar you've ever enjoyed in your entire life and so much more that it boggles the mind. You can buy M&Ms in all the designer colors and flavors. The selection is HUGE. So, if you're looking for some really wonderful and unique stuff to place in Easter Baskets or for any other occasion, you'll find exactly what you're looking for at Powell's Sweet Shoppe. Their locations are on their Web site: www.powellssweetshoppe.com. Oh! and try the gelato. It's absolutely to die for.

DC Hound in Florida next 2 weeks - Recs Desired

Padrino's is a wonderful Cuban restaurant located near the Intracoastal on Hallandale Beach Boulevard. Hallandale is the last town in Broward County before you get to Miami-Dade County and South Beach. I especially love the chicken livers with onions. Their rice and black beans are to die for and their flan is the absolute best in the entire world, bar none. They won't give up their recipe for it either. Other good entrees are their chicken relleno, a version of chicken cordon bleu and their arroz relleno, with cheese and rice. Incredible. I've been eating at this place since 1985. Inexpensive to moderately priced. They also serve a whole fish that is delicous.

Feb 05, 2007
Pamela2 in Florida

Love Jack in the Box

I nearly died when they were serving incredible 50s style Patty Melts with onion and gooey cheese on sourdough bread with skin on french fries and malted milk shakes. It was all killer delicious. Of course they stopped serving them, which is probably a good thing.

Feb 05, 2007
Pamela2 in Chains

Unique and fun dining experiences in SF?

A dear friend compelled her husband to take her to Teatro Zinzani for her 60th birthday and was not disappointed. She said it was a wild experience and thoroughly enjoyed the food.

Help! I work in a culinary black hole!

The California Culinary Institute at 625 Polk Street is a great place for a "gourmet" lunch or dinner. This is from their web site:
Carême Room: Elegant dining.
Dine under a 40-foot barrel-vaulted ceiling and filtered skylights
Watch culinary students and chef instructors in action with views into various production kitchens and demonstration classrooms
Enjoy artfully presented, sophisticated international cuisine
Lunch and dinner is served Tuesday through Friday, with extravagant buffets featured every Thursday and Friday.

Academy Grill: Bistro Fare
Have a quick lunch at the school or at 625 Polk Street on the corner of Polk and Turk streets
Enjoy an a la carte menu and daily specials.
Lunch is served Tuesday through Friday.

in search of curry like you'd get in jolly old england

The chicken tikka masala at Tandoor Kitchen on Telegraph is Berkeley, a restaurant which was mentioned in an earlier post, is very creamy and a vivid orange in color and our favorite whenever we go there and clearly a favorite of many diners who frequent the place. It's best at night when it's cooked for dinner because at lunch time you may find dry pieces of chicken that were cooked tandoori style and placed in the creamy orange sauce in the $6.99 lunch special that includes chicken, rice and chick peas - all on one plate with a freshly cooked plain nan on the side. It's just not the same. Love their egglant and chickpea dishes and their bread is to die for. Adore the owner, Ali. He's a true gentleman. Prices are right there. Casual ambiance. A popular destination for many Berkeley students including Indians and Pakistanis. Food is "Halal" for Moslems.